A few days ago, Game Informer released an article on the storytelling aspects within The Old Republic. It generally told some things we already knew, and gave insight into some things we knew less about.
There were very few new details within this article, but there were a few highlights that should be brought to people’s attention. First, a point on the morality system within the game, as given by Daniel Erickson:
“It doesn’t matter what you say in TOR. It matters what you do. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for a Sith Warrior to go up to his master and say ‘I believe in kindness and freedom and kittens.’ That guy is dead before he hits the hallway. So, instead, you can go to your master and say, ‘yes, go kill some younglings, I am so down with that’, but it’s when you get there that you have to decide if you’re actually going to kill the younglings, or shuffle them out the side door and tell your master you killed them, that’s when you get your light side/dark side points.”
The quote should speak for itself on how all that is going to work, but it is good to know that you are able to speak in whatever way suits you and not be punished by getting points you don’t want for doing it. Also, although it seems a silly point, Erickson does promise answers and conclusions to events from KOTOR 1 and 2, as shown by this quote:
“So, will we find out Revan’s fate, along with the fate of the Exile from KoTOR II that followed him? ‘All of your KoTOR 1 and 2 questions will be answered,’ Erickson promises.”
One final quote from the article is about the Sith Empire and it’s politics, specifically dealing with the Emperor:
“According to what everyone is taught, the Emperor is almighty and all-knowing, and he has been around for a thousand years. He saves the Sith from the Jedi when the Jedi tried to exterminate them a thousand years ago. And led them out into deep space, where they lost the Jedi, and managed to find their original home planets. The interesting thing is that no one who is alive, outside of the Dark Council, has ever seen the Emperor. There are rumors and conspiracies that abound as to whether he is real, whether he is one of the Dark Council, whether he is dead. It makes for all sorts of intriguing power games.” Only the Council ever sees him. Some believe the Emperor doesn’t even exist, and is another lie propagated by the deceitful Sith. The truth will be revealed to players of the game.
I am not quite sure how this will work for Republic players, but I do think that it could lead to some very interesting moments within the story, for the Empire at least.
For those interested in reading the full article, it can be found here.